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Publisher's Summary

Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn't been home since. Now he's coming back to find her killer.

Since he last set foot in Harper, Minnesota, Jake's whole life has changed beyond recognition, but the place seems just as he left it. Small-town politics and gossip rule, and his return is big news.

When a body is discovered at the frozen Hangman Falls, Jake is beset by a snowstorm of anger and revenge. Hounded by grudges and feared by the townsfolk, Jake is determined to uncover the truth behind his girlfriend's disappearance. But he still has enemies in town and they have other plans for him.

Betrayed at every turn and unsure whom to trust, Jake's quest for the truth rekindles old rivalries and rouses ghosts that should never have been disturbed. He wants above all to find the peace of mind that has so long eluded him. But no man can escape his past.

©2015 Keith Houghton (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Totally twisted tale!

Which character – as performed by Scott Merriman – was your favorite?

Scott Merriman did a fantastic job with all the characters.

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This is such a great twisted story. What makes it so great you might ask? Well, Jake Olsen returns home after getting out if prison and is doing an investigative story about the disappearance of his girlfriend who is presumed murdered by him (which is why he went to prison). His father is in the hospital comatose, his old wannabe girlfriend/friend is a cop, her father is the ex chief of police, she's married to another officer who believes him guilty and then there's the girl's father who is hellbent on killing him because he also believes Jake is guilty. It doesn't take long and bodies start to pile up. Some have been deceased for years some recent. Some relationships are revealed that even Jake didn't know about or doesn't remember. Some people have just gone missing or run away or so that's what the listener is lead to believe. Well, hold on to your seat because nothing you've been led to believe in the beginning is quite accurate. There are pieces missing and when those blanks get filled in the whole story changes and boy does it change. I would love to tell but won't spoil this for anyone.
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Ran off the rails

This book had so much promise - a good central mystery, well written protagonist, and pretty strong supporting cast (although some were a bit one dimensionally nasty). Through most of the story I was well invested in Jake’s quest to find out what had happened to his girlfriend. I had my suspicions and they turned out to be right, but still it was handled well enough to keep me engaged and rooting for Jake. The usual need to suspend disbelief in suspense stories was still within reason. It was the end of the story when the author kind of went over the top. Two revelations came to light that were “give me a break” moments that ultimately broke the spell. If he had stopped with the first revelation I could have shrugged and gone along with it. But tossing in the second twist just finally jumped the shark and I closed the book disappointed.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave when we...

,,,practice to deceive. No Coming Back is a marvelous psychological thriller! It kept me guessing until the very end.

This is the first audiobook narrated by Scott Merriman to which I have listened. Darn, he is good!

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Really good story.

My golden rule is great characters. For me they make up for a multitude of problems. So while I had a few problems with this book, the hero makes this a four star listening experience. His self awareness, as opposed to self confidence, is remarkably unique and charasmatic.

I was caught up in the story from the first chapter and stayed up late to finish it. I have a few issues with the storyline, but to go any further than that would reveal too much.

I think you will like this book. It was certainly well worth my time.

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Well, Dang!

This book was well written & well narrated. I can only laugh and say well...dang! When I finished this book. The ending of the book makes clear why the town population was low, IJK. This a good read/listen. Give it a try & at the end you will say...Well, Dang!

Ms.Tiff2U!

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A Web of Evil Unravels!

Wicked! That's what this story is. . . but somehow you don't realize it until the very last minutes of the book! You won't know "who done it" until the end, even though you might think you do several times previously. It begins with the conviction of an innocent teenager for the murder of his girlfriend and who, after 18 years in prison comes back to clear his name and say goodbye to his gravely ill father. But all is not what it seems. Did he kill his girlfriend? When a female body is uncovered at the bottom of the falls, it seems the mystery will be solved. But not so fast. The discovery of the body simply tangles the mystery even more. And what of his mother? Why didn't she ever come back to see him after leaving him when he was only seven? Even his older brother has deserted him. He is alone trying to clear his name. And in a small, long-remembering community, that is a difficult task.

As mysteries go, this is an excellent one. Very engaging and hard to decipher all the elements of murder, mayhem and mystery. Those who are good guys and those who are bad guys are not apparent. This is what makes it so good!

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depressing

The book was long on all description s. I kept loosing interest. Also some of the story line was perverted. Young teenage girl orgy with old adult men.

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well done, Keith Houghton!

If you could sum up No Coming Back in three words, what would they be?

Didn't see that coming! I know, it's four, but seriously surprised with ending!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, if I had to pick, I'd pick Tolstoy. He was the least flawed.

Which character – as performed by Scott Merriman – was your favorite?

With the exception of the female characters, I enjoyed Scott Merriman's narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If by "moved" you mean shocked me, yes.

Any additional comments?

I read/listen to a lot of books, especially murder mysteries. It's pretty rare one can take me by surprise and this one did. I very much enjoyed the twist!

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Not what I expected

Extremely well written. Great performance. The story twists, turns, double backs and holds you BUT I couldn't take the ending.

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Didn't see that coming

What did you like best about No Coming Back? What did you like least?

I liked the ending least. When you look back, there is foreshadowing of what's to come. But it's so unbelievable that you still don't expect it.

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An awful lot of people end up dead in this book. Some of it's a little over the top.

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  • Robb Moore
  • 11-24-15

Awesome book

I loved every minute of this. This book is one of the rare variety in the sense that it's consistently good from start to finish. A great story brilliantly told.

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  • shaun m arstall
  • 05-06-20

yet another fantastic gripping exciting book

absolutely brilliant, great storyline, gripping exciting and twists you couldn't imagine. the narrator Scott Merriman, is fantastic,really getting into and expressing his own excitement in ready the book. another 10/10 for writer & narrator

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  • Jaxie
  • 12-23-19

Audible spam

I do not want audible. Stop forcing it upon me it is irritating and it is unwanted spam.

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  • Leslie
  • 11-27-19

Thrilling

Had me on the edge of my seat after the first few pages. Lots of twists and turns and as always I suspended my disbelief and enjoyed a good yarn.

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  • 04-10-19

Weak characters and farfetched storyline

A weak and unbelievable storyline populated by a whole town full of characters that all end up as criminals or murder victims.

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  • Stephen Bird
  • 11-12-18

Kept me gripped to the very end.

Just when you think you've cracked this mystery it takes more and more unexpected turns. Houghton's characters are brilliantly fleshed out and Scott Merriman does an excellent job of bringing them to life.

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  • Redronnie
  • 01-09-18

A riveting storyline!!

I could not tear myself away from the story, although I usually listen only when driving in car!! So many twists and turns, it takes ones breath away. And then the full extent of the horror unfolds during the last pages.
Exciting, horrific and exhilarating all at once.

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  • Jenni
  • 05-28-17

Wonderful!!

This book was really great. The descriptive writing gave this thriller punch!

The story was imaginative and unusual through twists and turns. I ordered it with audio track and the reader was exceptional. His voice changes and dramatic presentation made this even more of a drama I could not stop listening to. I didn't want it to end.

Talking about the end... It completed a very rounded story and I will not spoil its conclusion by telling you the epilogue. Wonderful!!

I will get more by this talented author with audio track read by this talented reader too.

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  • Bumble Bee
  • 01-26-17

compelling listening

Excellent narration by Scott Merriman of a compelling story. Highly recommended. Sense of place beautifully portrayed.

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  • Carôle
  • 11-03-16

Too Dark and Dismal and Depressing.

I'm afraid that I found this story too dark and dismal for me. I needed a book to relax my mind and take it off of my chronic pain. This was not the correct book for that. I didn't get beyond chapter 7 because there was no redeeming qualities to be gained.

Given the synopsis, I dare say I should not have been surprised. This is not a book to automatically lift your spirits. It may be a well written and developed story but, for me, it was potentially depressing. So I gave up on it.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 04-04-17

Cut out the middle

I read the first few chapters and gave up. i read the last few, what a sob story. Find another book to read.

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